Novel News & Summer Editing Special
Greetings Dear Readers and Writers,
I’m thrilled to announce my new novel, JAZZED, will be published in 2022 by Vine Leaves Press. During adolescence, my late father introduced me to the Leopold and Loeb murder case upon which I based my novel and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. The case took place almost a hundred years ago and historically stands as an early “crime of the century.”
A gender-swapped reimagining of the infamous Leopold and Loeb 1924 Chicago murder case, JAZZED casts the true crime with two rich, brilliant college women at the center, against the backdrop of Jazz Age New York City. Wilhelmina “Will” Reinhardt and Dorothy “Dolly” Raab develop an obsessive secret romance as freshman roommates at Barnard College. They share a passion for jazz and a sense of outrage at the hypocrisy of the racist, homophobic, misogynist world they were born into. The convergence of cultural crises and ecstatic hedonism serve as the match which sets off the murder they commit — of a white teenage boy. Juxtaposing the thrilling scientific breakthroughs in quantum physics and artistic explosion of the Harlem Renaissance with the bigoted pseudoscience of eugenics and anti-immigration fervor that also defined the era, the novel brings to life the extremist threads of the 1920s that all too closely mirror the polarized times we live in now.
Stay tuned for updates!
SUMMER EDITING SPECIAL
I am wearing shorts as I write this, so as far as I’m concerned it’s summer. In honor of my fave season, I’m offering an editing special for writers looking to bang up their messy drafts into polished manuscripts ready for submission. Send me a note at Jill@JillDearman.com and mention “Summer Editing Special” for ten percent off. I offer all different packages and work with fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, script-writers and more. (I edited a Pulitzer-prize winning Owl Author, but due to a non-disclosure agreement, please don’t ask me Hoooo!) My clients have been landing agents left and right and those are only the ambidextrous ones.
And as always, I still offer private coaching and project consultation.
For more: www.jilldearman.com and check out the Bang The Keys (Penguin) trailer to get the vibe of my writing book and my writing workshops.
Love in the time of parentheses,